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>> reunited and relieved, thousands of refugees welcomed to germany. many look forward to crossing over. >> you're watching al jazeera live from doha. also coming up: >> polls to elect a new president open in guatemala after weeks of political turmoil. >> more airstrikes in yemen. >> i'm regarding from inside thailand's parliament in bangkok, where a vote has seen the country's political
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uncertainty extended. >> thousands still waiting to end their desperate journey to europe and escape war and persecution. this is the worst refugee crisis since world war ii. many are at the border between hungary and austria, and for days kept in hungary, but now allowed to go through. there are thousands of others waiting to make that trip. near the southern border with serbia, police are moving them into a new transit camp and say they will seal the area with a high fence. for many, the perilous trip is now over. we have this report from munich. >> destination, he were something knee, another train carrying refugees pulls into munich's central station. men, women and children tumble out. many escaped the civil war in syria. even the youngest gets a warm
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welcome from a volunteer. the refugees appeared weary as they made their way under police escort to a reception area. we asked how they felt to be in germany. >> thank god, we are in a country as developed as germany. >> this woman said she made nearly all the journey on foot. >> i want for it and i come into germany because -- >> she said it is her dream to stay in germany and to get to the end of her life in germany, because it is a land, a country of blessing and humanity. >> volunteers helped shepard the
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refugees through the station and deal with the language barrier. >> we need all the help we can get. every voice counts. >> as they took their first steps in a process that for most will lead to official refugee status, european politicians fretted over their next moves. german officials met to streamline rules for asylum and allocate funds for refugee shelters. austrian chancellor called for an emergency european union summit meeting, saying his country's decision to allow thousands of refugees to enter from hungary was only a temporary measure. germans who turned up at the station seemed happy to see the refugees reach safety and glad their country had thrown open its doors. >> i have strong feelings about all this. i reached out my happened to one of them and it just made me cry. >> germans are also helping out
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by donating essential items. >> german volunteers say so many people have come forward to offer clothing, toys, blankets and other items to the refugees that they have to turn away some donations, because they just don't have room for them all. >> just weeks ago, during the greek debt crise, germany's policies were seen by many as harsh and unyielding. now the country at the heart of europe has shown the world its hard. >> we'll cross over to rob reynolds now joining us from munich. we can tell from your report that a lot of emotions when the refugees make it to germany. talk us through the exact pros. what do they face and where do they go on to? >> well, when the refugees come here, they apply for asylum status. there are different categories
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of migrants, if you will, recognized any german allow. according to the german law, people from a country like syria, which is in the midst of a civil war, considered war refugees, people from eritrea, which has a repressive government are considered political refugees, but people who come from macedonia, which is poor, but stable, would not be considered for asylum, so those people may wind up being deported. there are medical checks and there is a network now of shelter areas around the city of munich. bavarian officials allocated school gymnasiums, convince centers and the like to house the refugees, so we'll be looking into exactly what those conditions are like later on. then finally, the refugees are
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entitled to relatively generous benefits. it's not a gold mine, it's 143 euros per person per month, but it is by comparison with other countries that the refugees have alreadies passed through, a warm welcome nonetheless. >> rob, thank you for that update from munich. >> almost 2,000 more refugees arrived in the mainland greek port, traveling from the island of lesbos. they are mainly from syria, iraq and afghanistan. protesting refugees have been fighting with place, saying local authorities are not providing assistance and not processing them quickly enough to continue their journey. >> the head of the roman catholic church called on par requires and communities in europe to take in one family. he spoke after his customary address in the vatican, saying
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that two parishes will each take in a family of refugees in the coming days. >> in front of us is the tragedy of tens of thousands of retch gees fleeing from death, from war and hunger, and who are marching to its life's hope. we are asked to be closer to these abandoned people and give them concrete hope. i ask parishes, religious communities be a sang waters and monasteries to shelter a family of refugees. >> saudi-led coalition forces carried out more airstrikes in sanna. during that bombing, a unicef hospital for women and children was damaged. jeremy hopkins, the head of
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unicef in yemen said the widespread humanitarian crisis in the country needs to be addressed. >> the bombing has escalated over the last few days and while the hospital itself has not been hit, what tends to happen is that the windows and doors of the structures nearby any bomb sites are damaged. there's flying glass, and then there's other issues of hygiene and sanitation related to that. more importantly, though, is that the staff in the hospital did not feel safe to remain in the hospital overnight. this is just a much broader impact on civilian structure, on health services across the country, where we estimate that 50 million yemenis need access to the basic health care and they're not getting it at the moment. sort of a related challenge is the restriction on commercial imports coming into countries, so the trade groups have become
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hampered by the conflict and so the essential drugs are no longer flowing in as they did before in the private or public sector, which has a huge impact alongside the other food and basic items no longer flowing into the country as they had in the past. >> polls have opened in guatemala to elect a president after months of political turmoil that false protests and the resignation of president molina this week. he has denied wrongdoing. we are joined from guatemala city. tell us about the candidates running in this election. >> polls opened here just over and hour ago and people when they arrived are going to have to choose from a 14 different presidential candidates. now at the top of the list is
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sandra torres. she's a former first lady and her campaign has been riddled with scandal. a millionaire businessman and his running mate is under investigation for money laundering. there's jimmy morales, a t.v. comedian with no political experience. that's actually playing into his favor. he has risen in the polls over the last month or so. we've heard from people here that none of these candidates really offers them the kind of real change they are looking for in order to get the country out of this political crisis that it's in now and we're it on a new course. >> having said all that, david, how does this affect the elections taking operation now in guatemala. >> corruption, it's a huge part of life here in guatemala and
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affects all of political life here and political campaigns as well has been touched by corruption and in fact, there's been a strong push by the public to have these elections delayed or even canceled because of fears of corruption within the political process. now that hasn't happened, obviously, but what people here at this election center tell us is that they've got a keen eye on people coming in to vote today to assure there is no fraud. there have been rumors that there are certain political parties who offered to pay voters for taking photographs of their ballots, showing they have voted for certain political parties. there's a real push now to make sure these elections are carried off in the most free and fair manager possible. this is just to remind you the first round of elections, if no candidates sap at us more than 50% of the vote, it will go to a run off round in late october. >> thank you for that update from guatemala city. >> still to come on al jazeera:
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>> violent protest in nepal over proposed changes to the constitution. >> how the world's most populace country is inspiring fashion trends in the west.
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>> "inside story" takes you beyond the headlines, beyond the quick cuts, beyond the sound bites. we're giving you a deeper dive into the stories that are making our world what it is. >> ray suarez hosts "inside story". only on al jazeera america. >> >> thousands of refugees are continuing their journey across europe. they are taken in buses across the hungary border into austria, put on trains to germany to
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claim asylum. >> polls opened in guatemala to elect a president after months of political turmoil, following the resignation of the president molina this week. he is now jailed on corruption charges. >> saudi-led coalition forces carried out more airstrikes on the yemeni capital sanna. during the bombing, a unicef hospital for women and children was damaged. >> thailand's military appointed national reform council reject a new constitution. if it had passed it would have paved the way for a referendum and possible end to military rule. >> a new committee will write up another draft, delaying elections until 2017. >> a return to any form of democracy seems to be slipping further away for thailand. outside parliament, a few protestors wanted their voices heard. that's not allowed under the military government that seized power in a coup last year. inside, it was something of a
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farewell bash for the so-called national wry form council, which was hand picked by the army. their last task before being disbanded was to vote on a new constitution, one seen when i many as a way for the army to consolidate and legitimize its power. >> the delay and time buying tactics are par for the course. the people who are in power want to remain in power. they want to call the shots. >> but the charter was thrown out. the reform council voted against it, meaning the process goes back to the beginning. the draft constitution was condemned as undemocratic, but with its rejection, the military government has an excuse to delay elections yet again and extend its stay in power. >> given those who wrote and voted on the charter were chosen by the army and still rejected it provokes suspicion that the whole process was a delaying tactic. some say the longer the army and
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supporters try to stay in power, the greater the risk of conflict. >> the conflict will not be resolved by relying on the rules of the game and that means it will tend to lead to either violence or maybe even another coup d'etat. >> now a new constitution has to be written, which will take six months. this version will stay in the boxes and thailand's political uncertainty goes on. al jazeera, bangkok. >> two policemen have been killed in southeastern turkey fighting turkish p.k.k. rebels. gunfire and explosions were heard in the city. the p.k.k. fired rocket propelled grenades at police trying to fill in ditches dug by the group. a curfew was ordered.
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>> isil attacks killed 13 near ramadi. eight were killed after isil shelled a camp east of fallujah. >> residents in iraq are trapped by fighting and relying on food supplies flown in from the outside. conditions are now getting worse. >> this is the only way to reach here, the roads are too dangerous for the iraqi military and civilians to use. that is why the government airlifts supplies into this town. this air base in al baghdadi is the only lifeline. it is surrounded by isil fighters. many people have left because the armed group has repeatedly launched too fast to capture one of the last centers in the province that hasn't fallen to
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forces. those in the town are largely cut off from the rest of the country. weekly deliveries helps them survive. >> one sack of flour costs around $900. most of the time we sleep without eating because we can't afford food. >> these people are poor but remain in their homes. life hasn't been easy. >> we are thankful for the aid, but there is a lack of electricity. we ask the government to help us. >> it has long been an isil target, surrounded by desert, but it hasn't been easy defending this town. in one offensive, isil used 39 suicide car bombings. >> the enemy has tried to advance and attacked it more than 100 times in the past year and a half. isil has still not been able to
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enter and establish a foothold in the region. >> the road is an important supply line, but has it been vulnerable to attacks. it links the air base to one of iraq's most important structures. the dam is the second largest in the country, and contributes a third of iraq's electricity needs. it could be used as a weapon of war if isil decides to open the gates and flood the neighboring areas. >> the u.s. expanded air campaign against isil and since then, u.s. assistance has been one of the main reasons isil hasn't been able to capture the area and its dam. the area is important to the u.s., because it is close to the air base where its military advisors are training sunni tribal fighters. >> u.s. air cover has so far allowed iraqi forces and local sunni fighters to hold it, but for now, ground troops are in no position to use this area as a staging ground to take on isil. the armed group controls most of anbar province. al jazeera, baghdad. >> 47 fighters have been killed
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in battles between isil and syrian rebels near the turkish border. it is within a safer zone put forth by turkey last month. if rebels lose the ground, it will make it hard tore clear isil from the area. >> protestors in nepal carried the bodies of five killed during earlier rallies. protests broke out over a new draft constitution which divides nepal into seven states. ethnic minorities say they won't get enough political or economic power. >> the area is in mourning. a young man from the village had been shot dead. he was studying to be the first qualified engineer from his village, and his family had high
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hopes for him. >> my son was in the 10th grade, then he got into engineering. i had hope that he would be able to go and work in the government. we had taken roads to educate him. now our hope is gone. >> five young men died and dozens were wounded when police opened fire on protestors in the city. they had been demonstrating against laws to divide nepal. locals called for a strike, and when police tried to redirect goods to kathmandu, it led to violent clashes. >> how can the state treat us like this? >> shots were fired at this hospital tuesday, wounding many, including health workers. nepal is in the process of writing a new constitution and one of the most controversial part is how to draw federal boundaries. the bodies of the five young men will finally be released. >> locals have been parading the bodies of the five young men
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across the state as well as back to their villages for the final goodbyes. people here are emotional and angry, saying that the police used excessive force and the state has deliberately ignored their grievances and demands. >> the body of the 24-year-old is taken to his house and neighbors can hardly contain his distraught mother. >> my son, my life, what is my life without you? >> he had quit nepal's armed police force to work as a migrant worker. it was the same force that shot him down. in the past week, the government imposed a curfew, lifted for three hours for the funeral procession, as the day wore on, more and more people poured on to the streets. tens of thousands arrived on this river bank to witness the last rites. >> we don't want talks with the
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government. we want implementation of what has been agreed and we want constitutional amendment. we have elected politicians but nobody has come here for us. >> villagers from different religions, castes and communities have arrived in solidarity and as the bodies taken to be cremated, the crowds of immune to compromise. >> china issued a report saying tibet is now in its golden able, setting it up as an autonomous region. state media reports it has had a makeover. china saying its control helped di bet prosper, critics saying it's trying to stamp out religious freedom. dozens set themselves on fire in recent years to protest china's rule. >> the nigerian government said it is losing millions from
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illegal mining every year. some gold diggers in parts of the north do not have licenses or pay taxes. the government wants the miners to hand over portions of their wages. we have this report from the northern town. >> he has been working the mines for 17 years. he dropped out of school because he says his parents couldn't afford the expenses. soon he may have to look for another job because authorities are planning to crack down on illegal mining, and he is not amused. >> this is my life. i can't do anything else. if anyone wants to take this job away from me, he must give me a home, a decent wage and all the comforts of life. >> most of the gold prospecting
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>> most of the gold prospecting may be small scale and cold, but the turnover is huge. a good day produces hundreds of dollars, which the government wants. most enforcement against illegal mining has been weak, but not anymore. now the authorities want him and hundreds like him to pay taxes on their earnings. >> the federal government said tight regulations are underway. >> gold processing units like this in the northwest of nigeria, most are unlicensed. as such, they hardly pay taxes. the biggest challenge before the government is to get the main mining companies to pay. >> the miners say they are willing to pay taxes if the
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government could end corruption. >> we can pay more taxes. we want the government to leave nigerians only to enjoy its wealth. >> for now, the government wants to stop illegal mining and bring in investors with the capacity to generate revenues and jobs in the sector, which means more difficult times are likely ahead for small-time miners. al jazeera, nigeria. >> an exception on china's influence in western fashion is drawing record crowds in new york. it is on display at the metropolitan museum of art.
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>> east meets west when the world's most populace country inspires the world's most famous fashion designers, it's the latest exhibit of the costume institute called china through the looking glass. there's no shortage of people wanting to glimpse the intricate designs. the costume institute held a star-studded fundraiser to kick off the show. as in the past, celebrities on the red carpet made it new york's social event of the year. now the exhibit itself has become a must-see event. >> china through the looking glass has already broken attendance records for the met costume institute with 660,000 visitors. that's among the top ten exhibits of all time for the
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met. it's so popular, they've extend the show through monday, it's appeal going well beyond the fashion world. >> obviously, there's a large percentage of chinese visitors, and demography has changed to a much more diverse audience. >> the fashions are displayed with artifacts in the existing chinese and egyptian galleries. the collaboration celebrates the 100th anniversary of the asian arts department and helps broaden the appeal. >> it is visually stunning. it gives you chills. >> we were excited to see our traditional clothes to be presented in here. >> i learned a few things. thought it would be nice to see chinese art and dresses and things like that. >> it traces influences going back to the mid 18th century. the countries modern significance has helped fuel the
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imagination of designers, not to mention the interest of so many museum goers. al jazeera, new york. >> you can always keep up to date with all the latest news on our website. you'll find it all at aljazeera.com. there it is on your screen, aljazeera.com. >> june 2010, fighting erupts between the uzbek and kyrgyz communities of southern kyrgyzstan. the violence spreads from osh to nearby towns. >> they came and started looting houses, killing people. systematic theft, destruction, and brutal mob violence.

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